Must-Have Restaurant Tools
A bulk of your money is also going to be shelled out for cookware. Again, they’re many specialty tools and restaurant supplies that you may require according to your menu. Basically, you will need a good collection of stainless-steel pots and pans in various sizes. You will also need industrial skillets, stock pots, and large cookie sheets. Your cookware is best if you hang it on a rack within easy reach. You will also need several industrial spatulas, spoons, slotted spoons, and pancake turners. You can easily find these items pre-used at steep discounts.
One of the most used tool in your whole restaurant kitchen will be your knives. Do not be tempted to skimp on cheap knives. The best are high-carbon stainless-steel that you can keep razor sharp. Most quality knives can be bought in a collection and should be stored in a block or on a magnetized wall strip for safety.
The Dining Room
You may have been lucky and inherited good tables and chairs in your dining. If not, another large portion of your budget will be spent in buying some. Like your kitchen equipment, you can also find quality used items for a lot less. You will not be able to equip your dining room with regular household chairs and tables. They would not stand up to the heavy, day-to-day use in a restaurant.
The same is to be said for all of your dishes and glasses. They have to be industrial grade to be able to withstand the commercial dishwasher all day. Even though these necessities come at a hefty price tag when purchased new, you will save a bundle if you buy them used. This also includes your flatware, trays, and other serving and eating items.
If you have a liquor license, you will have another sizable chunk of your capital invested in bar equipment. This includes coolers, beerlines, and taps. You will also need serving equipment such as shakers, mixers, bar tools, and specialty glasses. If you invest in quality items, they will last for a long time and will eventually pay for themselves.
Opening a restaurant is not for the faint of heart. You will be investing a lot of money and hoping that you get a good return on it. If you are a smart shopper, you can equip your restaurant with quality items that are gently used. If you keep them clean and in good working order, they can last for many years.